It’s the very last week of July and our “STEPPIN” together has come to an end.
How is your steppin going?
Have you put some or any of the Daily Disciplines we have shared into place?
Have you started your day with God in His Word and in prayer to Him?
Have you sat still with God and let His goodness be revealed to you?
Have you trusted Him and allowed the TRUTH of scripture to calm your fears and anxieties and give you the peace He promises?
Have you splashed or soaked or sipped any of the sweetness of Summer?
Or, like me, are you reading this and feeling stunned that Summer is almost over?
Those long days of Summer that offer a lack of routine, breaks, vacations, longer nights and earlier mornings are quickly coming to an end. With this realization, I find myself fighting the all too familiar feelings of failure! How about you?
If you are feeling the same way then I have good news for you.
We can push the RE-START button!
“THE FAITHFUL LOVE OF THE LORD NEVER ENDS! HIS MERCIES NEVER CEASE. GREAT IS HIS FAITHFULNESS; HIS MERCIES BEGIN AFRESH EACH MORNING.”
Friends, this incredible promise comes in the middle of a book of REGRET!
I have been watching the Olympics, have you? I could be called an “OLYMPIC JUNKIE!”
I love watching the greatest athletics do what they do best. I get hooked and have already spent too many late nights watching. I literally mark my calendar and anticipate the Olympic Games!
But this year there has been something I have noticed. The United States has had more failed attempts to win gold than usual.
The unbeatable men’s basketball team lost their very first game. Not the “Dream Team” of old! The GOAT (Greatest Of All Time) of gymnastics has not reached her full potential as expected. The “QUEEN” of the pool dropped into third place and won a bronze medal instead of the gold she was expected to win. I could go on and list even more “failed attempts,” but you get the picture. Sure, there have been great victories as well, but many have “failed.”
I believe God was grabbing my attention and showing me that we all have failures and successes, what matters is that we TRY!
My dad had a great many sayings by which he raised his four daughters. One of them has stuck with me…
“You only fail if you do not TRY!” -BCD
God does not desire that any of us live with REGRET. He wants us to learn that regret and failures come, even to the best and greatest, but God’s Love and Mercy is new every morning! We have the opportunity at our fingertips to push RE-START and allow God’s mercy to flow through us!
GOD’S LOVE AND MERCY NEVER ENDS, WE GET TO TAP INTO THEM FRESH EVERY MORNING!
Every day is a gift from God and every morning is new! God’s mercies are not just for us when we succeed. God’s mercies are even stronger when we fail! God’s grace does not just cover us when we are walking in accomplishment. God’s grace covers us in greater measure when we are sitting in failure!
God is a God of RE-START! We can get up every morning and face each day with renewed strength and optimism when we push the RE-START button God has given us!
God does not just give us a “second chance,” God gives us a third, forth, fifth and sixth chance. God’s chances are unlimited because His love for us is unlimited!
God does not love us because we succeed or fail. He is not counting our accomplishments. In fact, it can be those times of failure and missing the target that bring us closer to Him.
So instead of allowing those feelings of failure to creep in and take over, I am choosing to realize my need for God. Afterall, He is perfect and I am not!
Maybe this Summer was intended to be a time for ‘SUMMER SLIPPIN,’ a time for me to focus on God and realize just how so very much I need Him. And, if that is the case, I have not failed in the least. I have actually been very, very successful!
As I wake each morning, Summer, Fall, Winter or Spring, and do my best to live a life with daily disciplines, I know I cannot do it in my own strength. I need my God and His wonderful RE-STARTS each and every day! That is the key to success!
Speak Truth Love